How to Draw Your Own Clip Art
on large files: Very large files may be bigger than your
All clip art on this site has been drawn by me and you can do it too! I use a simple tracing technique - and you don't need to be artistic!!
How to Make Your Own Clip Art
Find an image that you like making sure there is no
copyright. Remember that copyright rules restrict you from reproducing an image in any form or medium, or
preparing a work that is based on or derived from an original work in any
form or medium. The same goes for any of my photographs
or any you might find on a search engine. Copyrighted images may not
any image you use. My suggestion - take your own pictures if you
want to make clip art. As an example, I am using one of my own
images of summer lilies.
2 - Open your image in a photo software application. I'm using an older version of Serif
PhotoPlus x4, but any photo editing software that will allow you to
place and draw on a 2nd or 3rd clear layer will do. Now place a 2nd clear layer on top of your image.
STEP 3 - On the clear layer, (make sure you are not drawing on the photo layer!) use a pencil tool and begin tracing the photograph. You can get as detailed as you would like. Notice that in my chosen image, I'm not copying all of the flowers nor leaves, only a cluster I've chosen that I want in the middle.
Notice the tracing lines on the image. Keep in mind that you are
tracing on the CLEAR layer, and not on the original image. The idea
is to "draw" a new image onto the clear layer and delete the original
photograph layer later.
STEP 4 - Once your tracing is complete, begin using the flood fill feature and fill in all the spaces of your image. Try to pick colours that are as close as possible to the original photograph. Remember to save any colour you use in "custom colours" in case you need to go back later to do some touch ups. Experiment with filling an area with one colour and adding details atop with another. If you aren't sure you may like the results, just make your additions in another layer.
STEP 5 - For a shadow effect - you can either draw one, or use your existing tracing. Copy or use the duplicate feature depending upon your software, your traced graphic onto another layer. Ensure that this duplicate layer is the one furthest back. Colourize the entire back layer a suitable shade of gray. Now, using a movement or shift tool, move your back shadow layer down and to the right of your traced graphic layer so it is just slightly offset. Just a hint of a shadow is better than too much.
STEP 6 - You are almost done! Delete the original photograph layer. Using whatever method your program allows, either compress the two layers or export them (Serif PhotoPlus x4 uses "Export Optimizer"). Exporting or saving as a JPEG image will give you a clip art image with a white background. I prefer to export or save as a PNG thereby giving you a smaller image with no background. Your new clip art image will blend in beautifully to any coloured background and will look like it's been "clipped" or cut out.
Here's to happy clip art making!
Lily - 1
Medium - 426 x 336 Right click on above image and chose "save as".
Large - 4608 x 3456 - For the full-size resolution of this image click here.